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K-Tel Intl. has joined forces with direct-marketing execs Gary Hewitt, Doug Gravink and Valerie Castle to establish subsid K-Tel Direct Media & Marketing. The trio previously worked as senior execs…

Fried picks Piper as VP

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Sonja Piper, a former creative exec with Hollywood Pictures, has signed on as a VP with Rob Fried’s company at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio announced Monday. Piper, 26, will help seek out…

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Cairo fest expands scope

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CAIRO – By most accounts, the 20th annual Cairo Intl. Film Festival, which closed Sunday, presented an unusually interesting and wide-ranging array of pics, and for once was not dominated by…

LAZARUS ON CLOUD 9

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Former Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution head Robert Lazarus has been named chief operating officer of Cloud Nine Entertainment, the year-old foreign finance and production company topped by…

ENCORE PLAYING BIG

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ANAHEIM – Encore Media Corp. (EMC), which has made its mark in the entertainment world by gobbling up the rights to vast amounts of film product for presentation to a comparatively small base of…

NUMBERS

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B.O. bounty $5.4 billion The national box office stormed past last year’s record $5.35 billion annual tally on Friday and looks to wrap the weekend at $5.4 billion, putting the year approximately 11%…

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